'Text spam' site launched
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 1:30p.m.
Text spam can now be reported more easily with the launch of a new "mobi site".
The site, designed for the likes of smart phones, was unveiled on Wednesday.
People can now forward offending messages free of charge to the Department of Internal Affairs' SPAM (7726) short code, says Minister of Internal Affairs Chris Tremain.
When a text spam complaint is submitted to 7726, the complainant receives a response text message containing a hyperlink to the mobi site (https://7726.govt.nz) where more information can be supplied.
Anti-spam investigators can then match the complaint details to the TXT spam.
The growth of mobile technology and the increased use of smart phones provided more opportunity for spammers, Mr Tremain said.
"That also creates an environment in which people start to lose trust and confidence in information and communication technologies."
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